ASPIRE to Wellbeing in School with Dr Sue Roffey

Sep 12, 2020 | Podcast

Dr Sue Roffey is a psychologist, academic, author, activist and speaker. She is currently an honorary professor at universities in the UK and Australia and the Director of Growing Great Schools Worldwide.  

Sue is a prolific author, having written chapters, blogs and numerous books on issues related to school and student wellbeing such as behaviour, relationships and social/emotional learning. In this episode we discuss:

  • How do we support the wellbeing of teachers, as well as their students and young people?
  • Dealing with change, challenge and uncertainty.
  • Focussing on things within a teacher’s control.
  • What is “social capital” and how do we develop it in school?
  • Why we should stop talking about social distancing.
  • The importance of belonging and connecting with each other in school.
  • Her ASPIRE principles:
    • Agency: Giving people a voice and responsibility.
    • Safety: Physical and emotional safety. Mistakes are welcome as a pathway to learning.
    • Positivity: Positive psychology. Focussing on kindness, gratitude and play. 
    • Inclusion: Welcoming everybody, regardless. Giving everybody a role so they can participate. Fostering the sense of belonging.
    • Respect: Good listening, not making quick judgments or assumptions, empower others.
    • Equality: How do we enable everyone to develop their strengths?

You can connect with Sue:

On Twitter 

Her website is Growing Great Schools

Her TedX Talk is School as Family Education Aligned with Healthy Child Development.

Her books are available on her website:

  • The Primary Behaviour Cookbook.
  • The Secondary Behaviour Cookbook.
  • Circle Solutions for Student Wellbeing.


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